Washington Post: Trump must be impeached. Here’s why.


 

President Trump in the East Room of the White House on Friday. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

The time has come for Congress to launch an impeachment investigation of President Trump for obstruction of justice.

The remedy of impeachment was designed to create a last-resort mechanism for preserving our constitutional system. It operates by removing executive-branch officials who have so abused power through what the framers called“high crimes and misdemeanors” that they cannot be trusted to continue in office.

No American president has ever been removed for such abuses, although Andrew Johnson was impeached and came within a single vote of being convicted by the Senate and removed, and Richard Nixon resigned to avoid that fate.

Now the country is faced with a president whose conduct strongly suggests that he poses a danger to our system of government.

Ample reasons existed to worry about this president, and to ponder the extraordinary remedy of impeachment, even before he fired FBI Director James B. Comey and shockingly admitted on national television that the action was provoked by the FBI’s intensifying investigation into his campaign’s ties with Russia.

Even without getting to the bottom of what Trump dismissed as “this Russia thing,” impeachable offenses could theoretically have been charged from the outset of this presidency. One important example is Trump’s brazen defiance of the foreign emoluments clause, which is designed to prevent foreign powers from pressuring U.S. officials to stray from undivided loyalty to the United States. Political reality made impeachment and removal on that and other grounds seem premature.

No longer. To wait for the results of the multiple investigations underway is to risk tying our nation’s fate to the whims of an authoritarian leader.

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The Real President of The United States S1 Episode 3 “Can It Be Russia?


President Donald Trump, center, shakes hands with James Comey, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), during an Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders Reception in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017.

Engineers haven’t designed an amusement park ride that has the twists and turns of 45’s presidency.   Just when you think your approaching a part of the ride allowing you to catch your breath, the ride takes a very sharp and unexpected turn.

However there are signs, in a form of Tweets.   The signs don’t necessarily make sense but they are indicators of his mood.

By the number tweets on May 8th , 45 clearly was concerned about the committee hearing on Monday.   After the hearings, there were calls for further investigation into 45, taxes, Russian investments by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.

The White House said they fired James Comey, the FBI director, over his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Comey, notified Congress about the discovery of e-mails in October 2016.

Trump asked Comey to stay on in January.

Jeff Sessions, recommended that Comey be fired.  However, last October, Sessions  defended Comey actions on Hillary’s e-mails.  On Fox Business News, Sessions said  “He had an absolute duty, 11 days or not, to come forward with the new information that he has and let the American people know that, too,

James Comey is only the second FBI Director to be Fired

In 1993, President Bill Clinton fired FBI director Williams Sessions.  Sessions was under investigation by the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility during George Bush’s final year in office.

The Justice Department found, Sessions had engaged in a sham transaction to avoid paying taxes of his use of an FBI Limousine.   Sessions billed the government for a fence around his home, he said it was for security, the findings it was for his use.  He also billed the government for trips and vacations.    With all the cards on the table, Sessions refused to resign.

Russia ,and the Abuse of Power? 

Many people who were connected to Donald Trump campaign ARE under investigation.  45 has fired the acting Attorney General, nearly every U.S. attorney, and now the Director of the FBI, many of these individuals were involved in the Russian investigation.

Donald Trump is not under investigation.  However his campaign is.  There are clear links to individuals who have financial ties to Russia. Some lied about their Russian connections.

Jeff Sessions, our Attorney General, lied to Congress about meeting with Russians. Sessions recuse himself from the Russian investigations, recommended Comey be fired.

Paul Manafort, Carter Page, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Roger Stone, and Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn have strong connections to Russia.

Comparisons to Richard Nixon

October 20, 1973, President Richard Nixon ordered the firing of Archibald Cox, a special prosecutor looking into the burglary at the tip of the iceberg of the Watergate scandal. Both Nixon’s attorney general and deputy attorney general resigned in protest.  The day is known as of the Saturday Night Massacre.

45’s firing of James Comey, who was overseeing an investigation an investigation into his campaign’s possible ties to Russia, is more than a curious comparison.

Richard Nixon, resigned less than a year after the Saturday Night Massacre.

Optics

(1) the scientific study of sight and the behavior light, or the properties of transmission and deflecting of other forms of radiation.  

(2) the way in which an event or course of action is perceived by the public. 

The timing, one day after the hearings will raise the eyebrows of most Americans. In his letter terminating Comey ,he includes this curious paragraph.

“While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau,”

The former FBI Director James Comey isn’t a popular man.  Many Democrats and Hillary Clinton supporters blame Comey for her loss.   Many Republicans believe he should have moved to prosecute Clinton.    Last year, many politicians on both sides of the aisle called for Comey to resign.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If 45, fired Comey shortly after his election, his administration would not experience the firestorm it has now created.   With this action, his low ratings could drop further. Today, 65% of Americans don’t think he is trustworthy.   As many Democrats and Republicans are outraged.   Any replacement for James Comey by this administration, will not be trusted.

                                                   Trust me when I say- More too Come!

“The REAL President of the United States”

                                                                           CityFella

45 Supporters Choose Berzerkely For Peaceful Protest?


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Sure why not!  The Klan should choose downtown Detroit!

Lights, News Cameras, Action!  Let’s Rumble.

Is the only semi-coherent reason any Trump supporter would choose ultra liberal Berkeley to hold a protests.   There are a few tiny bubbles of conservatives in the San Francisco Bay Area, in Eastern Contra Costa County, Alameda County and San Mateo County.

 Berkeley has many nick names “The People Republic of Berkeley “and” Berzerkley” are two that stand out.  The East Bay cities of Berkeley and Oakland is arguably the home of the best dressed black bloc( BART) Anarchists in the county.  Anarchist who take public transit and drive their earth friendly electric cars and Toyota Prius’s to Berkeley or Oakland, to rumble.  Then there are others ,not in costume who hate 45 or any Republican.   San Francisco and Stanford  across the bay doesn’t have the volatile history of the East Bay.  Perhaps that’s why Oakland Raider fans are more intimidating than San Francisco 49er fans.

I know these streets well, any time Richard Nixon or a spokes person would speak to the press.  The University of California students, would take to the street.  For years, businesses on Telegraph Ave would never have direct sunlight as they left plywood on the windows for years.   My buds and I would cut class to run with the students, avoiding motorcycle police and  the tear gas, it was the ultimate rush.

The children of the baby boomers who live in the well heeled suburbs dress up in their finest Black Banana Republic chaos gear to participate in protest in Berkeley and Oakland, perhaps hearing stories of the golden days for the same rush.  The difference is, as high school students,  we didn’t break windows or set fires.Image result for berkeley trump protest

This is America, any one can protest anywhere.  With a sharp left eyebrow up, I question the motive’s of 45’s supporters.

Breaking News

CityFella

Sexy Beasts-Volvo and Buick introducing Sizzling Wagons (Just don’t call them Station)


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Photos: Car and Driver 

Not long ago the vehicle of choice for many families in the US was the Station Wagon.  Vista Cruisers, parked along side Ford, Chrysler and other stations wagons capable of carrying ten passengers filled the nation Shopping Malls.

In 1984, Chrysler changed the landscape with its Mini Vans, the landscape changed again in the late nineties with the popularity of Sports Utility Vehicles.

Today, SUV’s is the vehicle of choice in America, most are based on car platforms (crossovers).  Only Subaru and Volvo continued to sell wagons in the US.  While stations wagon (called Estates) are very popular in Europe.

 

Just don’t call them ‘STATION’ Wagons

In the mid nineties, tiny Subaru (Fuji Heavy Industries) didn’t have the resources to build a truck based SUV,so they took a Subaru Legacy Wagon, raised the height a few inches added some cladding to the wheel wells and called it the “Outback”.  The Outback was a resounding success for Subaru.

Volkswagen and its subsidiary Audi have recently introduced small wagons. Volkswagen’s Golf SportWagen and the 4 wheel drive Golf Alltrak and Audi Allroad.

Late last year Volvo released a wagon version of the S90 luxury car called the V90.  While the S90 is handsome the V90 is super sexy, much sexier in person.

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The Interiors are as sexy as the exterior.

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Photo: Motor Trend

The V90 comes in an all wheel version called the Cross Country.  The Cross Country is higher than standard V90 note the body cladding.

Pricing for the V90 starts at $49,950 and $55,350 for the Cross Country

Meanwhile Back in the US of A

The last generation Buick Regal a rebadged Opel Insignia built in Germany, the wagon version of this car didn’t make it across the pond.   Opel the European subsidiary of General Motors was sold to french auto manufacturer Peugeot-Citroen last month.  After seeing early pictures of the Insignia and the Insignia wagon, American auto journalist hoped General Motors would bring the wagon version to the states.

A week ago, General Motors introduced the Buick Regal a week before the New York Auto Show.  In a bold move, the new Buick will be sold as a hatchback and a wagon.   The Wagon will be called “Regal Tour X”.

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The 2018 Buick Regal will go on sale at the end of the year, it will be built in Germany.  Eventually, the vehicle will be manufactured in America .   Prices could range from $37,000, to $45,000 for the Regal TourX.   While GM Cadillac division is struggling to find buyers, Buick has been a bright spot. Its appeal to younger buyers is growing and it’s  GM’s most reliable brand.      Last year J.D Powers ranked the brand ranked fourth in reliability, Below Lexus, Porsche, Toyota and above Mercedes Benz.

The question, can these Sexy Wagons take sales from SUV’s ?

CityFella

Would 45 go to war with North Korea to increase his approval ratings?


 

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His first days as president has been a disaster.  Inauguration crowds, illegal voting, Obama Wiretapping, Russia, Travel Restrictions and Ryan care.   His supporters are growing restless.  His budget isn’t well received and his distractions (tweets) are less effective.

While the scathing editorials from the big cites like Today’s, Los Angeles Times bruise his ego.  His heart is in the Ohio Valley, Appalachia, in cities like Louisville and Tampa, Casper,Wyoming and the northern red states.  His supporters in these states continue to trust him, they say give him time, they continue to trust his business acumen even though some of the changes in his proposed budget effect them negatively.

The cracks grow daily, the majority of his supporters want him to stop tweeting.   While the majority continue to believe the left is behind the Russia controversy,  some of his supporters support an inquiry .

His continued low approval ratings has reduced his power in Congress.  He administration is fragmented, and is under attack.

Earlier Today, 45 time told the Financial Times said he would be willing to go it alone to restrain North Korea’s nuclear weapons program should China fail to change the situation, saying if Beijing won’t help solve it, then “we will” alone.

“China will either decide to help us with North Korea or they won’t,” On the campaign trail and since taking office, Trump has argued China is responsible for the continued nuclear proliferation in North Korea. He said in his Financial Times interview that he planned to talk with Xi about that situation and use trade as “the incentive” to talk China into fixing it.
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From Gallup: September 18, 2001

In the wake of the terrorist attacks, American approval of the way President George W. Bush is handling his job has surged to 86%, the fourth highest approval rating ever measured by Gallup in the six decades it has been asking Americans to make that evaluation. Only Presidents George H.W. Bush and Harry Truman received higher ratings — the elder Bush twice during the Gulf War, with 89% (the highest ever) and 87% ratings, and Truman with 87% just after the Germans surrendered in World War II.

The latest Gallup poll before the terrorist attack found that 51% of Americans approved of Bush’s job performance. The 35-point jump in this rating is the highest ever measured by Gallup. The second highest short-term surge, termed a “rally-around-the-flag” (or “rally”) effect, was measured for the first President Bush right after the start of the Gulf War. His approval rating jumped 18 points, from 64% before the attack against Iraq was launched to 82% right afterward. For the next month, his rating stabilized, but surged to 89% at the end of the “Desert Storm” operation.

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Based on 45’s performance,is this out the realm of possibilities?
CityFella

45’s Scooby Snack


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Was 45 ever able to identify any of those three million illegal voters who cost him the popular vote?    Anyone talking about it?

Last night, MSNBC’s popular Rachel Maddow  obtained copies of 45’s 2005 tax return.  She said, she received the documents from investigative journalist David Cay Johnston, who said on her show that he received them in the mail.

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The result is a media feeding frenzy from what amounts to a Scooby Snack.

This tax return magically appeared during the most challenging week is his short term as president.  A week where he has failed to produce evidence of a Obama wiretap in Trump Tower.  A week where his alternative to the Affordable Care Act seems dead on arrival.  An important week,where for the first time he needs to show strength as the leader of the Republican Party as he takes his show on the road to reassure supporters.

45’s 2005 tax return was likely selected in a beauty contest where the objective was to humanize him. In 2005, he paid taxes.  This is important, as the proposed medical plan increases costs for the poor and middle-class and lowers taxes for the 1%.Some of us remember how he proudly said he was a good businessman and didn’t pay taxes.

So while the press dissects his tax returns, he may get fewer questions about the wire tap and  RyanCare on the road.

On Twitter, substituting for 45 is his son “Donald Jr”

 This is clearly a distraction, lets hope all the channels quickly return to the regular programming in progress.

CityFella

Wrong way Ben


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It’s funny till it isn’t.  Benjamin Solomon Carson is a brilliant surgeon,devout christian and reportedly a very nice man.  Dr Carson is an educated man. A Yale graduate, he is written many books and he is a very successful motivational speaker.

Many of Dr Carson’s positions are based on his religion.  Ben Carson is a Seventh Day Adventist.  It would be safe to say that he is anti gay.  He believes homosexuality is choice, he has said  Gay individuals are more protected than Christians and believes people who support gay marriage are trying to get rid of the Bible . This is all public record.

Dr Carson struggles with some in the black community . He likened The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) to a form of slavery. He has publicly criticized blacks who disagreed with him, saying they weren’t able to think for themselves.  Born and raised in Detroit ,Dr Carson, struggles with the notion of institutional racism and believes black people should avoid government handouts that made us (Blacks)a welfare state. He benefited from a government handout, glasses.

During his campaign, perhaps to appeal to black voters,he ran an ad in Atlanta,Birmingham, Memphis, Miami,Little Rock and his home town of Detroit, that featured his speech interlaced with rap music. Dr Carson initially supported the ad,later he said it was done without his knowledge, that “it was done by people who have no concept of the black community and what they were doing”, and that he was “horrified” by it.

Dr Ben Carson, by all accounts is a nice man and was a nice kid growing up. However he was criticized by some during campaign of having low energy, boring.   He told variations of a 50 year old story where he attempted to stab a friend who changed a radio station and the knife hit the intended victim’s belt buckle and broke.  The purpose of story was  illustrate a moment of unbridled fury that led him to find his faith. Someone might question the timing of the story, perhaps it might make him appear less nice.  He abandoned the story after the press asked which variation of the story was accurate.

Accuracy…..

Yesterday,a friend without going into detail texted me asking me about Dr Carson?  Another friend texted me saying the word of the day was coon (an insulting term for black people).  Sometime in the day I googled Ben Carson.  In his first speech as the new secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban development described African Slaves to immigrants. Despite his extensive education, he painted a picture where African Slaves were free to leave the bowels of the ship where they would  join the immigrants on the Lido deck and share dreams about their new lives in America.

I wasn’t in the audience, but I can imagine the shock and horror and humiliation from many of  black employees in the audience experienced . Joy of Joys, our new boss.

Monday evening Dr Carson, defended his speech by saying “You can be an involuntary immigrant,” he said, adding that “slaves didn’t just give up and die, our ancestors made something of themselves.” He continued, “An immigrant is: ‘a person who comes to live permanently in a foreign country.’

Dr Benjamin Carson is a brilliant neurosurgeon, well liked and respected by those who knows him. He is the lone black in 45’s cabinet, another unqualified individual who will learn on the job.

SMH  (Shaking My Head)

CityFella